Common Weather Experiment How to Make a Tornado in a Bottle
Simple and easy!Find out how to make a tornado in a bottle. A very fun and simple tornado weather experiment for anyone!
The tornado in a bottle experiment is one of the most well known and simple things you can make in order to simulate a tornado. I remembered doing this a few times in my elementary school days, and when I was teaching, I also had my students do this activity. It can be very useful to simulate a tornado and kind of see how one works on a small scale.
What do you need?
- Two 2 liter plastic bottles (really any size will work, but for the best effect, use bigger bottles)
- Duct tape
- Water Instructions
1. First you should fill one of the 2L bottles with water. Not all the way to the top, but maybe about 85% of the way
2. Next, you will want to put the empty bottle (turn it upside down) on top of the bottle filled with water at the openings. Tape the openings of the bottle together tightly with the duct tape. You may also want to put "debris" into the bottle filled with water to give the activity a more realistic effect.
3. Once you have the bottles tightly secured, flip the bottles so that the one filled with water is on top.
4. Start spinning the bottles in a circular motion, and you will see a funnel cloud forming and then a miniature tornado.
5. Have fun with it until you're bored! LOL.
Again, this little experiment on making a tornado is good to see the vortex of a tornado and to get a feel up close of how a tornado works.
Here is a video below of me trying out te expirement with kids when I was teaching over in Korea. They used slightly smaller bottles, but were still able to get the full effect of the experiment:
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